Roberto linked with loan move

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 5th December 2019

West Ham are ready to offload calamity 'keeper Roberto Jimenez Gago - less than six months after he arrived in England.

The 33-year-old former Espanyol stopper officially joined the Hammers when the 2019 summer transfer window opened as replacement for outgoing fans' favourite Adrian, who left the club upon the expiry of his most recent contract.

And according to Guardian writer Jacob Steinberg, West Ham are seeking to offload United's number 13 when the winter transfer window opens at the beginning of Janaury following a series of much-publicised errors.

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Roberto has made just nine competitive appearances for West Ham - seven in the Premier League and two in the Carabao Cup - during which he has conceded no less than 20 goals at an average of 2.28 goals per game in the EPL.

He was dropped following West Ham's 3-2 defeat at home to neighbours Tottenham, since when the club's third choice goalkeeper - David Martin - has kept goal.

According to the report, Turkey is a possible destination for Roberto who signed a two-year contract upon joining the Hammers earlier this year. That may well be on loan, with the Hammers potentially funding part of his wages.

In the meantime West Ham hope to sign a new back-up to regular number one Lukasz Fabianski, who recently told a KUMB source he expects to return to first team action shortly.

Martin, also 33, will retain his place in the first tesam squad until such time as the Pole - who was named KUMB Player of the Year last season - returns.

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